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Here’s a song that I just LOVE from Laura Story ~ Blessings

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things.

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
But long that we’d have the faith to believe.

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home,

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise?

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A trial, an illness, financial problems, family problems, or during any situation in life. Regardless of the situation, we can cling to these truths:

*God’s love for me is unchanging.

*God’s purpose for me is Christ-likeness.

*God’s Word is my final answer.

*God’s grace is sufficient for me.

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There is so much that can be said on this subject, and I’m not going to try to say it all in one post, but hopefully the thoughts I share on this subject will be helpful to you.

This is an area that I, like a lot of people struggle with.  I used to walk around in life and feel like it was all a big question mark.  There are some basic things that I know to be God’s will.

  • Salvation
  • Church Attendance
  • Praying
  • Reading the Bible
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Tithing
  • Giving to Missions
  • Using my talents for the Lord
  • Telling other people about Christ

These are things that you don’t have to pray about, they are clearly outlined for us that they are God’s will.

Really, I think that when we say that they are trying to find God’s will, we are referring to figuring out God’s plan for our lives.  So, how do we figure it out?

I believe that by doing the basic things that we already know to be God’s will (that I outlined above) that we will find God’s will because He will show it to us.  I had a Professor in college who said that God doesn’t HIDE His will from us.  Just like if a child was running toward a busy street, their mom or dad wouldn’t say “well, maybe you shouldn’t go into the street right now.”  they would say “Stop!” 

Just like as a parent, they would clearly tell their child what their will for their child is, God (our Heavenly Father) clearly shows His will to us.

I believe that as Children of God, we can KNOW what God’s will is for us in every area of our lives and that until we know for sure that something is God’s will for us, we should just wait until God shows us for sure that the answer is “Yes” or “No”

Some of the ways that we can know God’s will for us are through:

  • Praying-Asking God what His will is, asking Him to show us, to clearly reveal His will for our life in specific areas.
  • Reading the Bible-God’s will for us will never contradict His Word.
  • Through Godly counsel-Your Pastor or Pastor’s wife, Godly Christian friends.
  • Having peace or not having peace about a situation can show us that something is or isn’t His will for our lives.

The hard part can be accepting God’s will (I plan to talk about that in another post.)  We have to get to the place in our life where we can say “if it’s not God’s will, I don’t want it.” No matter what it is……..a house, a car, a career, a relationship……we have to want what God wants for us more than what we want for ourselves.

It’s difficult because we’re human, we only see right now, what’s in front of us, and sometimes, everything looks perfect to us.  We don’t see or don’t understand how it couldn’t be God’s will for us.  In those situations, I always have to remind myself that God knows what’s ahead.  He sees the future and knows what is best for me not only today, but He also knows what is best for me 20 years down the road. 

We also have to realize that God’s will is God’s will for us.  It’s not just His will for us today or tomorrow.  Because it’s either His will, or it isn’t.  What I mean by that is sometimes people say, I know this job (or this car, or this house, or this relationship, etc ) is God’s will for me, so they take the job and then when things get tough a few months down the road, they say “this isn’t God’s will for me anymore.” …….wait a minute, so was accepting the job really God’s will, or was it your will?

During the last few months, I have been faced with asking God what His will is for Grace and I.  I already know that His will is for me to be self-employed as a Piano and Music Teacher.  He has made that VERY clear to me and gives me peace about it, even in the economic state our Nation is in. 

I started dating a guy that I go to church with, (we’ll just call him “Tom”) and even though there are many wonderful things about Tom and even though he and Grace get along very well, even though on the surface, it looked like “how couldn’t this be God’s will?”  The more I prayed about it, the less peace I had in my heart about continuing the relationship.  I finally had to come to the point where I said “if it’s not your will God, I don’t want it.”   It’s not an easy thing to say, especially when things look so right to our human eyes. 

I had some VERY rough days while I wrestled with God about it.  Then I had a tough rest of the week mentally letting go of him and continuing to trust God for this area of our lives.  I truly believe that this is a “not right now, you need to wait on me.” answer from God.  He’s not saying “Beth, you’ll never get married”  He’s just saying “not right now.” 

Through this, I realized that God knows what is best for Grace and I, and he knows what is best for Tom.  He knows what our lives will be like 20 and 30 years into the future.  He knows what storms and trials we will be going through and He knows if the person we are in a relationship with is the right person to go through those storms and trials with us. 

I also realized that God knows me better than I know myself, and he knows Tom better than Tom knows himself……..so guess what?  I realized that God is the ultimate matchmaker!  If God says no, it doesn’t matter what our friends, family, or even eharmony have to say about it, it’s not a good match.

I’ll post more about knowing and accepting God’s will, but I want to leave you with this video of the song “Seekers of Your Heart”  please watch it, these girls have so much talent, and this song has a great message.

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And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.  And behold the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind and earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.  I Kings 19:11-12

Have you ever heard the still small voice?  Sometimes I think we pray for things and we expect God to show us the answer in a BIG way.  We pray for and sometimes we don’t get the answer we want, or we get the answer we wanted, but things didn’t unfold the way WE thought they should  so we sit there and say “OK  God, I think you’re showing me that I should go in this direction, but if that’s not what you want, show me.”  Even though God has already shown us what He wants us to do.    I think that sometimes we expect a bolt of lightning or an earthquake as a confirmation of what God wants, and sometimes He does show us things that way, but we have to learn to hear, listen to, and obey that still small voice.  That’s how God speaks to us. 

I’m trying to get better at listening to it, I really am.  When I was praying about being self employed, I talked to God about it for OVER A YEAR.  It went something like this……

Me:  “God, I would really like to be self employed.  You know that I need more time with Grace, You know that I need to lower my stress level,  You know that I need more piano students to do it, God, please show me if this is Your will.”

God:  I just sent you 2 more piano students.  Can’t you see this is the direction I’m leading you in?

Me:  Thank you LORD for the 2 piano students you just sent me.  Please show me if teaching piano full time is your will for me.

God:  Beth, I keep sending you more piano students, how much more clear can I make myself?

Me:  God, I REALLY want to quit my job.  I just can’t do this anymore.  Please show me your will.

God:  Beth, it’s time for you to quit your job and just trust in Me, I will take care of you.  I’ve called you to be a mom, and I want to you fill that role, I will take care of the rest.

Me: But God, what about my bills?  I can’t just quit my job, let go of a steady paycheck and hope that it will all work out…….God SHOW ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO.

God:  Beth, you prayed specifically for 3 new students this month, and I gave you 3 new students this month……can I make myself any clearer?  I will supply your needs.  Just obey.

I remember when I finally listened and OBEYED that voice.  God gave me so much peace about finances and where my future students would come from.  Now, 6 months later, I’m kicking myself for not listening to Him sooner.

How many times have you heard the still small voice, obeyed and been amazed as you see the hand of God work?  One time, God told me 3 times one morning to call a friend of mine who I hadn’t talked to in awhile.  When I finally picked up the phone and called her, she was almost in tears, she was having a very rough day and need to talk to someone.  God knew that and He used me (even though I didn’t obey until the 3rd time I was told.) to be a blessing to her.

One time, I was driving and the still small voice told me to change lanes.  I kept driving and again came the thought, “change lanes”  I changed lanes and not even 10 seconds later, the car that was where I would have been was rear ended. 

There are many times that the still small voice speaks to us.  It says “smile at that lady as you walk past her.”  It says “call Mary and see how her day is going.”   It says “Pray for John.”  It says “Take the longer way to work today.”  It says “be nice to her even though she’s rough around the edges.”  It says “let the lady behind you get in line to check out first.”  Most importantly, it says “trust me, and obey.”

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Trust His Heart

 

Trust His Heart

All things work for our good,
though sometimes we can’t see how they could,
struggles that break our heart in two
sometimes blind us to the truth,
Our Father knows what’s best for us,
His ways are not our own,
So when your pathway grows dim,
and you just can’t see Him,
remember your never alone!

God is too wise to be mistaken,
God is too good to be unkind,
so when you don’t understand
when you don’t see His plan,
when you can’t trace His hand,
trust His heart.

He sees the master plan,
He holds the future in His hand,
so don’t live as those who have no hope,
all our hope is found in Him,
We see the present clearly,
but He sees the first and last.
And like a tapestry, He’s weaving you and me
to someday be just like Him.

God is too wise to be mistaken,
God is too good to be unkind,
so when you don’t understand
when you don’t see His plan,
when you can’t trace His hand,
trust His heart.

 

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